Inspiration from the Distant Hills

Strutting their stuff

Strutting their stuff

Now and then, it does the soul good to move out of familiar surroundings and see what’s occurring in other parts of London. This year, Highgate’s Fair in The Square didn’t clash with the Make Merry, so the more adventurous, hedonistic members of Art Plumstead could journey to Pond Square in Highgate and see how they do things there.

Really getting into it...

Really getting into it…

This time, with whacky sticks

This time, with whacky sticks

Suffice to say, it’s quite a different setup, reflecting a different demographic and level of financial support. But what it has in common with the Make Merry is that it is free fun for all the family. Like the Make Merry it has a good variety of stalls, selling goods to cater for all tastes and budgets. It also has a stage in the centre of the square for local and visiting acts.

There were sheep as well to add to the excitement. Dougal was grouchy by the final show, so he had to be hauled off in disgrace...

There were sheep as well to add to the excitement. Dougal was grouchy by the final show, so he had to be hauled off in disgrace…

This year it had a visiting sheep show and Morris dancers, among other attractions. These last provided handy inspiration for our outfits for our spectacular Midsummer Stroll, not just in terms of headgear, but the jangleacious audio aspect of our parade across Winn’s Common to The Old Mill.

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